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San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs - 7/22/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants
Date & Time Monday July 22, 2019, 9:45 PM (EDT)
Location
Oracle Park
San Francisco, CA
The Line
San Francisco Giants +105 / Chicago Cubs -125
TV Channel
WGN
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The Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from Oracle Park on Monday.

The Chicago Cubs will look to rebound after having their four game winning streak snapped, failing to complete the sweep of the Padres with a 5-1 loss in game three on Sunday. Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 4 with Chicago’s lone RBI while Kris Bryant added a double. Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber and Kyle Hendricks each had a base hit to cap off Chicago’s offense as the Cubs had just six hits as a team in the loss. Hendricks took the loss, falling to 7-8 on the year after giving up two runs on four hits while striking out five over seven innings of work. Alec Mills will start game one and is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and 6 strikeouts this season. This will be Mills’ first career start against San Francisco.

The San Francisco Giants will look to keep their momentum going after winning eight of their last nine games, including a series victory over the New York Mets with a 3-2 win in Sunday’s series finale. Mike Yastrzemski hit a solo home run while Zach Green went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Brandon Crawford added an RBI of his own to cap off San Fran’s scoring in the win while Buster Posey went 2 for 3 with a double and Donovan Solano added a base hit as well in the win. Conner Menez gave up two runs on three hits while striking out six over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Trevor Gott picked up the win to improve to 6-0 on the year in relief. Shaun Anderson will start the opener and is 3-2 with a 4.87 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. This will be Anderson’s first career start against the Cubs.

Chicago is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 5-14 in their last 19 road games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the NL West. San Francisco is 16-5 in their last 21 games overall and 4-0 in Anderson’s last 4 starts while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. Chicago is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in San Francisco.

The Cubs have a potent lineup and should bounce back from a loss against San Diego on Sunday, and it could come against Anderson who has allowed 13 runs in 13.1 innings across his last three starts. However, those starts came on the road, and even still, the Giants managed to win each of those games. Anderson has been a better pitcher at home than on the road and has allowed two runs in each of his last two starts at home. Mills just has one start under his belt this season, and I’m not sure how he will fare against a Giants team that just keeps finding ways to win games and is in a groove right now. I’ll take a shot with San Francisco at even/plus money on Monday.

Pick:
San Francisco Giants +105

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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